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making news now. >>> a show of defiance today from syrian president, bashar al assad. in front of his supporters, the syrian leader gave his first public speech since june and effectively thumbed his nose at the international community, insisting his vision of syria's future will lead the country out of crisis. al assad also refused to work with the opposition, calling them "enemies of god who will go to hell." al assad has lost all legitimacy and he has to step down, the state department says. >>> search is on right now for famed fashion director vittorio missoni. he, his wife and four others were on a plane that disappeared off the coast of venezuela this weekend. he helps lead a fashion empire worth millions of dollars. >>> as you drone attack killed 17 suspected militants in pakistan's tribal region today that strike near the afghan border injured three, according to intelligence sources. it follows two similar attacks last week, one of which killed a taliban commander. >>> 130 trained mountain rescuers are combing a five-mile area east of seattle. they are looking for this man, 2
: a rare public appearance of assad addressing torn nation. for first time in six months. leland vitter has more. >> this speech is a combination of the same old, same old, all the rebels are terrorists. we're going to continue to fight and win this war, but it also provided a little bit of diplomatic cover not only for the syrians but also for their allies so the russians can now say, look, assad offered a peace plan and rebels won't talk. they would call it optics and they are important here. assad trying to get control live on state tv. a reminder that a large number of syrians support him especially among the upper class. despite offers for negotiation he was clear he has no intention of leaving and will win this civil war. to the past 20 ms. he says the rebels, we are seeing a growing number of fighters from foreign countries and much more turning syria into a islamic state. rebels say they aren't interested while assad is power. assad has shown he has well more than nine lives of a cat. last summer the state department said they thought damascus would fall within 36 hours. clearly ass
and describe a national reconciliation conference and a new syrian constitution. guest: president assad has adopted a bellicose reaction to the rebellion. it is not an all-out civil war. throughout this conflict, he has adopted this tone that these people are terrorists and criminals. 60,000 syrians have been killed in the civil war. he is going to come middle ground to the rebels who think they are winning at this point. host: cure associated press is pointing out this is his first speech since last june theory his opponents are -- the associated press is pointing out that this is his first speech since last june. guest: the rebels are winning this conflict. the question is how long will it go on and how many syrians have to die before the assad regime toppled or some deal is reached to send him into exile. there is no deal that leaves him sharing any power. host: if he goes into exile, which country will take him? guest: russia has been his biggest backer. it comes immediately to mind as someone who would want to take someone responsible for the death of 60,000. host: during the conflict,
and senator john kerry expected to take over. >>> rare speech from syrian president bashar assad has drawn a quick and blunt reaction from the obama administration. a defiant assad rejected international calls to step down and tried to justify his crackdown on anti-government rebels. he outlined plans for a national reconciliation conference and new constitution as well. but the u.s. state department says the syrian leader is "detached from reality." >> spokesperson for the state department released a statement saying, quote, assad has lost legitimacy and must step aside to enable a political solution and democratic transition that meets aspirations of the syrian people. you would think at this point. 60,000 syrians have been killed since this broke out two years ago. how do you negotiate peace with that much blood on the streets? >> exactly. what is fascinating is what he is floating as something that he floated years ago, and -- just, didn't have any teeth. just wasn't credible. i think also, at this point. even the turkish head of state, former ally, is speaking out against assad. he ju
. >> i'm shannen bream in tonight for harris falkner: assad gives a rare speech to supporter and what he says from the u.s. state department. urging syrians to defend their country against the rebels who started against his regime two years ago. it's now a civil war. and 60,000 people estimated to have been killed since it began, saying in a statement. assad's speech today is yet another attempt by the regime to cling to power and does nothing to advance the syrian people's goal of a transition. leland vittert has more from the u.s. bureau. >> shannon, this speech is a combination of the same old-same old, it provided diplomatic covers not only for the syrians, but their allies, russian, not offered a peace plan and the rebels won't even talk. in u.s. politics, they would call it the optics and they're important. president assad looking in control and on state tv and speaking to adoring crowd, remind they're a large number of syrians support him especially among the upper class. despite the offers of negotiation, he has no intention of leaving and will win this civil war. in the past 20
is throwing his support behind the syrians and also fighting to overthrow their president. bashar al assad. wolf blitzer has an exclusive with egyptian president morsi saying he backs the calls by the syrian people for assad to step down. possibly, possibly be tried for war crimes although nuanced in that respect. says that ultimately the fate of assad must be decided by the syrians of all walks of life. >> the syrian people through their revolution and through the movement will when the bloodshed stops move to a new stage where they will have an independent parliament an enthe government of their choosing and then they'll decide what they want to do against those who committed crimes against them. it is the syrian people who decide. >> great interview and very, very timely, as well. you can see all of it with wolf blitzer exclusive interview, that's the egyptian president morsi on "the situation room" today starting at 4:00 p.m. eastern of course here on cnn. ...and down. just use your maxperks card and get a case of x-9 paper for only 1-cent after maxperks rewards. find thousands of big
of course needs to be ratified by the players. >>> turningover seas, syria's president assad gave a rare speech in the midst of a violent civil war. hi, stephanie. good morning. >> reporter: good morning, jenna. al assad hasn't addressed his country since june. he is rarely seen in public. today he was greeted by a packed and boisterous at times auditorium. he blamed the crisis in syria on "terrorists," including al qaeda and those countries in the region that continue to fund them. there was little to no mention of syrians that have picked up arms against the country. he talked about a political initiative, including a new government, new constitution, and amnesty. he said that could not go forward until the foreign funding of the rebels came to an end. the european union responded very quickly to assad and said no political proposal could move forward until assad steps down. syrian president made no mention of that happening. jenna? >>> stephanie, thank you very much. >>> another major shooting to report from aurora, colorado. a standoff lasted several hours and a shoot-out ended after
blaming outside forces including al qaeda for the violence. bashar al assad dismissing any prospect of meeting with the rebel leaders. was anyone at all surprised that president assad ignored the scope and the root causes, if you will, of the uprising there? >> reporter: not entirely. we haven't seen a lot of bashar al assad in recent months. this was a big speech. he presented it in damascus in a crowded auditorium. he spoke for nearly an hour and really at the end of the speech probably isn't going to change much. he called -- we heard familiar refrains. he called the opposition terrorists and accused them of being made up mostly of al qaeda and made little mention of syrians taking arms against his government and countries in the region are funding and arming the opposition and says he won't negotiate until they stop funding them and went on to propose a new political initiative which would include eventually a new government, new constitution, national reconciliation but said that won't happen until the weapons are put down and these quote/unquote terrorists are no longer funded
forward from this point? >> i'll say a few things, the speech by al-assad was indeed evidence of how delusional he is. the proposal he made was nothing more than a desperate attempt to cling to power. if would only allow the regime to killing the oppression and killing of the syrian people. the momentum in syria is with opposition forces and with the syrian people. it's clear as defections continue and we have seen a number of them, and the regime continues to lose control of territory, that assad cannot restore his control of syria. the future in syria does not and will not include bashar al-assad. he has all legitimate sei and he must step aside to end the bloodshed. the united states will continue the support for the agree knee have a action group framework endorsed by the five permanent of the u.n. security council, the arab league within and the u.n. generally assembly. we will continue our support to build international support for the framework and all parties in syria to take steps toward the implement takes to help expedite an end to the suffering of the syrian people. and b
but also undermining those efforts by saying that the removal of president assad from power cannot be a precondition to talks. this comes as rebels have taken control of a strategically government air base in northern syria. syrian military helicopters. rocket launchers and tanks. >> for months syrian jets have pounded rebel fighters and civilians from above. some of the regime air strike is crucial to the opposition. particularly as cold winter weather has limited ground operation. with the help of god, we will not stop this rebel says no matter how difficult the circumstances become. if it's cold or snowy, we will persist until we are rid of this regime. set back as syrian troops reportedly took back control of a suburb outside damascus that rebels held fighting has intensified near the capital in recent months. on monday, 15 nations will submit a letter to the u.n. security council requesting that syria be referred to the international criminal court. this move would open up syrians on both sides of the conflict to war crime prosecution. but this latest diplomatic move will do l
're important. president assad >> too looking in control and on state tv and speaking to adoring crowd, remind they're a large numbe authorities say two bombers drove up to the gate shot and killed a guard and stormed the compound firing their weapons. police say once inside they blew themselves up along with their car. two members of the local con soul were killed with a teenaged boy and two other civilians. at least 15 wounded. the taliban is claiming responsibility. across the border in pakistan combat firefighters killed in drone strikes. u.s. drones targeted three militant hideouts. no word on the identity of those killed but we are told two pont commanders including the head of the training unit for suicide bombers may be among them. also in pakistan four people killed in an attack on a train. top story as we go around the world in 80 seconds. in 80 seco pakistan, that attack happening on a passenger train in the southwestern part of the country. the dead include three passengers and a member of pakistan's military. a dozen more people were injured. so far no one is claiming responsibili
headlines, we have a fox news alert. syrian president assad a rare speech, first time since june he has addressed the public on the state of civil war in his country and assad is standing firm saying he will not step down, and all enemies of syria will quote, go to hell. the speech comes, and that's-- as syrian rebels are closer to the capital of damascus, 60,000 syrians have died during this two-year war. alabama teenager is behind bars in morning, arrested for plotting to blow up his high school. this is an all too familiar story. police say that the 17-year-old self-proclaimed white premises out to get a teacher and six other students and a teacher found his notebook and police found explosives in his home all set to go. >> and he could have gotten-- got out of there-- >> police say they think he learned to make the bomb from the internet. is justin bieber starting the new year off on a high note? tmz publishing picture they claim this is reportedly the singer smoking pot at a party in california. the biebs, he responded to pictures saying every day, growing and learning, trying to b
, gave a rare public speech there. bashar al assad blamed, quote, enemies of the people for syria's problems. >> translator: this is a government who wanted to take revenge against the people, and to fragment syria. those are the enemies of the people. and the enemies of god, and the enemies of god will go to hell. >> but the president of egypt says al assad is the one responsible for the bloodshed that killed a reported 60,000 syrians in the last two years here. mohamed morsi spoke yesterday with wolf blitzer. >> translator: it is not i who wants this but the syrian people who want this. this phase is the phase of the people, similar to what the egyptian people wanted, the seer syrian people want it and we support the syrian people and they are going to win and they have the will to win. >> you say the syrian people want bashar al assad to be tried for war crimes. >> translator: the syrian people drew their revolution and through the movement will, when the bloodshed stops, move to a new stage where they will have an independent parliament and the government of their choosing. an
bashar al assad outlined new ways for the country to move forward, but he made no mention of stepping down as leader. he thanked russia and china for their support and stressed his country would do whatever it needed to defend itself against, quote, outside forces. the last time the syrian president addressed the nation was in june of 2012. this 55-minute event is courtesy of al-jazeera english. [cheers and applause] >> and this is the first time since november that the president has given a public address in his own country. [inaudible] officials from the united nations said there may be as many as 60,000 people have lost their lives during the course of the 21-month conflict. [inaudible conversations] our translator's standing by to bring you -- [applause] the words of bashar bashar al assad live from the syrian capital. [speaking in native tongue] >> translator: members of the government, heads and members of people's organizations, ladies and gentlemen, today i would look at your faces and the faces of people of my country with sadness and pain. i look at the eyes of the children
news today. >>> no end in sight to the civil war in syria. president bashar al-assad making his first public speech in six months this-week, dismissing any chance of peace talks. he called the rebels murderous criminals and demanded the west stop funding them. >>> and shell has refloated an oil rig that grounded off the coast of alaska. weather has hampered recovery efforts. no evidence of a fuel leak. the rig being towed back home to seattle when it ran aground in the severe storm one week ago. >>> stanley mckristol breaking his silence. former general of the afghan war has written "my share of the task" 2 1/2 years after his interview was cut short by an interview in "rolling stone" magazine. in his new book, the former general is careful not to criticize the book and focuses efforts finding and capturing key al qaeda operatives. >>> bill richardson and google chair are arriving in north korea. this is a private, humanitarian mission. they will take up the case of a u.s. citizen jailed in that country. the state department is not happy about the timing of the visit, just weeks after
, the syrian president gave a national address today saying his country is under attack. president assad's first address since june. since then, u.n. officials say 10s of thousands of syrians have been killed and even mover have fled the country. assad said his forces were fighting groups of murderous criminals and deny the up rising against his family's decades long rule. the president continues to stand against global calls for him to step down. >>> israel's prime minister is calling for a fortified fence on the border of syria. this is video of the mortar rounds fired this last november. benjamin netanyahu says they need the fence because the syrian army has moved away and jihad forces have moved in. >>> this morning searchers are looking for at least 100 people unaccounted for after wildfires december stated the austrailian island of tasmania. more than 40 fires are still burning. the prime minister is scheduled to tour the town of denali tomorrow. more than 65 homes, a police station and school in the small town burned. >>> san francisco residents concerned about a plan to redevelop
to be focused on, assuming bashar al-assad comes down, i think there is a likelihood that could happen, how do we concern -- what do we do to deal with that situation? that is a discussion we are having, not only with the israelis but other countries in the region, to try to look at what steps need to be taken in order to make sure these things are secured and they do not wind up in the wrong hands. i think the greater concern right now, what steps does the international community take to make sure that when assad comes down, there is a process to make sure we can secure them. that is the bigger challenge right now. we're not talking about ground troops but it depends on what happens in a transition period is very it -- they're a permissive atmosphere? that will tell you a lot. >> we have talked about the czech republic being eager to train the rebels in another country. is that is something you looked at? >> and have a very capable -- we would call it a nuclear element, capability. built over time in collaboration with us. we are in contact with partners who have that capability. we have done
, hardware, and ammunition. the assad regime allegedly used the base to launch attacks on rebel positions. this amateur video purports to show smoke rising from the base, but cnn cannot independently confirm the authenticity or rebel claims. and the faa has opened an investigation into the 787 dream liner. the move follows a series of mishap, including a fire at a gate and a fuel leak at another. they will look at the dream liner's design, manufacture, and assembly. >>> and the district of columbia police won't bring critical charges against nbc or david gregory because he displayed a magazine capable of holding up to 30 rounds of ammunition on "meet the press." the december broadcast originated here in the district. police say it was a very close decision, but since gregory has no criminal record, he won't be charged. >>> and a live action "star wars" tv series, well, abc says it's looking into it because disney bought lucas films for $4 billion. turns out lucas film actually started work on a "star wars" series years ago and dozens of scripts were written, but they were shelved. he's no
will include leon panetta and tom donnellan. another story in the international press. assad is defiant, the leader of syria. he says he will stay put. another story in the news. hurricane sandy. a headline in the washington times. senator reid says -- the story is in nola.com. our question for you this morning is whether spending should be tied to a debt limit increase. should there be a refusal to increase the debt limit until spending as cut? lauren, baltimore, democrat. caller: here is my problem. if there was not spending, there would not be a debt limit. why should there be a question concerning the issue? in terms of governmental spending, i am not sure if very many are aware that government officials are making 2, 3, and four times as much as the average individual when they are using the numbers between 250,000 dollars and 400 thousand dollars. these government officials work six months out of the year. there are getting four-time -- full-time pay, which is four or five or six times more than the average individual. those are the same individuals who are caulking -- talking abo
. >>> the state department says a so-called peace plan put forward by syrian president bashar al assad is, quote, detached from reality. in his speech sunday he rejected in recall calls to step down and urged his supporters to defeat rebels who have been fighting for nearly two years to topple his regime. >>> secretary of state hillary clinton is returning to her office today for the first time in a month. she was hospitalized last week for treatment of a blood clot in her head. this followed a stomach virus and concussion. >>> google chairman eric schmidt arrived in north korea today for a look at the communist country's economy and social media. the private trip has been criticized by the state department. schmidt is acom companied by bill richardson who will reportedly raise the plight of an american citizen jailed in north korea. let's lead to wall street kayla tausche is at the stock exchange. good morning to you. >> good morning to you. the first week of the new year was great for the stock markets. stocks reaching their highest point in more than five years. the market hasn't been this hi
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